Broadcast History - February 21

Broadcast History - February 21

Postby jon » Sat Feb 20, 2021 9:09 pm

Another quiet day in Western Canadian broadcasting, so we look State-side to Mr. Pop Culture again. Today, it is this week's issue in 1967:

News leaks out that WNAC-680 Boston is about to change call letters and formats, to WRKO, with Top 40 consulted by Bill Drake. It is not like Boston doesn't already have a pair of Top 40 giants going head-to-head: WMEX-1510 against 1-A Clear Channel WBZ-1030. WBZ is little more than a year away from losing their status as only North American station on the frequency, with the move of Wyoming's KTWO to 1030 KHz. A few years earlier, WBZ was my personal favourite to do homework by in Vancouver. Certainly nothing wrong with their air staff or formatics, but it was because they were then playing the hits before anyone else I knew of.


Lots of changes at KFWB Los Angeles. Despite almost being killed by KHJ's Drake formatted Boss Radio, KFWB is still Top 40 even after recently being purchased by Westinghouse. They just added Al Lohman and Roger Barkley to mornings, replacing Wink Martindale who resigned to concentrate on his TV work. All three have been given a lot of latitude to add more of their personality than Top 40 formatics would normally allow, but KHJ's Robert W. Morgan has always known how to combine a Drake format with personality. KFWB has also lost DJ's Jimmy O'Neil and Larry McCormick.

Big Jack Armstrong is still in Cleveland but recently moved from WIXY to 1-A Clear Channel WKYC. With Jerry G. Bishop's move from WKYC to WCFL Chicago, Jack is now taking over Jerry's WKYC-TV teen dance show. Will Cleveland finally get to see Jack's Gorilla?


Not satisfied with just doing ABC's Dating Game on television, Jim Lang is doing Morning Drive at KSFO San Francisco.

KGFJ (1230) Los Angeles initiates a five week Soul Search to place top local artists with record companies. Among the prizes waiting are: a recording contract with Chess Records and a trip to Chicago for the first session; a contract with Motown and a trip to Detroit; a contract with Amy-Mala-Bell and a trip to New York; an appearance with James Brown at the Baltimore Civic Auditorium in April; and a two-year music scholarship at the University of Redlands (Calif), donated by Atlantic Records.

Note that I have written all of the above in the present tense, including items that mention those who have passed away. Most notably, Jack Armstrong, who died on March 23, 2008.
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